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Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

Dec 19, 2014

Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions

President Barack Obama has the power to further weaken U.S. sanctions against the Communist-run island nation beyond the normalization of relations with Havana that he announced on Wednesday, experts said. While the restoration of diplomatic ties to Havana after decades of animosity was a ...

EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia

Dec 19, 2014

EU leaders ready long confrontation with Russia

European Union leaders warned Moscow they were ready to exercise their combined muscle over the long haul in a confrontation with an economically wounded Russia if President Vladimir Putin refused to pull back from Ukraine. “We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As ...

Cubans cheer historic renewal of U.S. relations

Dec 18, 2014

Cubans cheer historic renewal of U.S. relations

Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country on Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility. Wearing his military uniform with its five-star insignia, the 83-year-old ...

Dec 18, 2014

113th Congress ends with more fights than feats

The tempestuous 113th U.S. Congress has limped out of Washington for the last time, capping two years of modest and infrequent legislating that was overshadowed by partisan clashes, gridlock and investigations. More than 200 bills became law during the past two years, according to ...

Dec 17, 2014

U.S. Senate confirms Obama nominee for No. 2 diplomat

The U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Tony Blinken as the country’s No. 2 diplomat Tuesday, as Democrats pushed to approve some of President Barack Obama’s choices for government posts before Republicans control Congress next year. Senators voted 55-38 to approve Blinken to serve ...